YOUNG Saleh Badr was thrilled when Al Sadd coach Housseine Amouta sent him as the replacement for Senegalese striker Mamadou Niang in the 68th minute during Sadd’s 2-1 win over Al Khor at home last week.
“He’s a talented player and I want to give opportunities to such players,” said Amouta, who thought the 19-year-old did a good job during his brief stay on the pitch.
Qatar’s Under-23 forward thanked his master for the support.
“This kind of encouragement really helps a youngster like me. I’ve been playing for Qatar in youth tournaments. But I would like to be a regular part of my club side as well,” said Badr.
“The coach (Amouta) has given me the opportunity to train with the first team and I also played in the Sheikh Jassim Cup and QNB Qatar Stars Cup. I guess if I get more such opportunities, it’ll really boost my confidence,” said Badr.
“Youth leagues don’t give us the right kind of competition. Even in the Qatar Stars Cup, most teams rest their main players. As youngsters, we need to play against strong players and that’s possible only if we play more often in the League,” he said.
Badr kicked off his journey with Muaither Sports Club before the ASPIRE Academy took him under its wings in 2008. But according to him, the debut for the Sadd senior team in ’10 was a major breakthrough.
“Who doesn’t want to play for Sadd?” he asked.
“The club has a history. The very next year after I joined them, Sadd won the Asian Champions League. It was a great feeling to see the club win such a big event,” he added.